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Queen Latifah is set to portray legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO biopic Bessie.

This news comes less than a month after an official announcement that Latifah’s daytime talk show The Queen Latifah Show would not be returning for a third season.

Latifah is also executive producing the film, which features actors such as Michael Kenneth Williams, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Khandi Alexander, Mo’Nique and Charles S. Dutton.

The film is based loosely on information from Chris Albertson’s biography of the singer and is directed by the award-winning director of Pariah, Dee Rees.

Nicknamed The Empress of the Blues, Smith was arguably the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

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source: atlantablackstar.com

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